Some of our patients would prefer a diet to surgical options. hCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone naturally produced by the placenta in pregnant women that almost completely controls the metabolic function through the hypothalamus throughout the pregnancy. Contrary to popular belief however, the hCG used in hCG diet protocols is a variation of the hCG form used for fertility treatments, and in a much smaller dose. All hCG used for medical purposes is natural, but created in laboratories from sterile cells.
How does it work?
The diet itself works by combination of 2 factors: reduction in calories (diet) combined with hCG, which aids in the weight loss by preventing your body from going into “starvation mode” where your body works to store as much fat as possible. The combination of the two factors means your body will begin burning off the unnecessary stored fat at a rapid but safe pace! During the course of the treatment, you will receive daily injections of hCG and will follow a strict diet. You should drink plenty of decaffeinated liquids and be sure to get plenty of fiber in your diet. Daily exercise, such as walking or stretching, is encouraged. If you are seriously overweight or have not been active in a long time, starting slowly with exercise is extremely important to avoid injuries that could make it more difficult to develop active lifestyle habits. However, exercise is not that necessary until maintenance.The diet lasts 26 or 40 days, depending on how much weight you want to lose. If you want to lose more weight after the 40 days, the diet cycle can be done again after a short break.
How fast will I lose weight?
It is typical for hCG protocol dieters to lose somewhere around 0.5lb-1.5lbs per day and around 40lbs in 40 days! That is not an exaggeration. Because hCG targets only your extra stored fat, your water and muscle will remain untouched. Because fat storage triggers the release of certain hormones that increase blood pressure and blood sugar, as you melt away the fat stores, you should begin to notice a difference in your health and well being, not just your clothing size.
How “strict” is this diet?
Very strict. All fat and calories are closely monitored. Everything containing fat/calories from food to bath products is monitored. During the dietary period, even standard lotions are discouraged, as they can slow your weight loss (your body absorbs the fat in your lotion, for example). We want you to lose as much weight as is reasonably possible during your hCG diet period. Close monitoring of all of things going into and onto your body matter. We’ll be here to help you figure out what is what.